Texas Unemployment Benefits Extension – 13 More Weeks

by Mike Holman

The state of Texas has recently announced that a 13 week unemployment benefit extension has been made official.  This will affect anyone who has exhausted or will exhaust their 59 weeks of unemployment benefits.  The money for this extension will be coming from the 2009 stimulus package announced by President Obama at the beginning of the year.  This extension was prompted by a jobless rate of 7.5% in June.

When will the 13 week extension start?

According to the Texas WorkForce Commission (TWC), the benefits should start paying out by the end of July.  Letters will be sent to claimants with instructions on how to file for the extension.  There are about 82,000 Texans who might be eligible for the 13 week extension.

There had been some concerns recently that the benefits might be delayed by a month or more because of problems converting the computer system but according to the TWC – that is not the case.

If you have any more information about the extension then please leave a comment.

Please note that Texas will benefit from the H3548 employment benefit extension – since Texas is not considered a high unemployment state since it has less than 8.5% unemployment rate – the potential total weeks of benefits for unemployed Texans will be increased by 13 weeks. States with a higher unemployment rate will see their total benefit weeks extended by 20 weeks.

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Any Four Pillars site for New Jersey – If not, please start one.

2 Marly911

This site is a link to all action done on the proposed bills, it also has links to the congressional representatives. Here you can vote for the bill, keep track of the bills and let your voice be heard.


3 March

You can start a post for New Jersey in the forum.

4 stephanie


5 JT

New York State Department of Labor
Extended Benefits Update Hi everyone. Unfortunately have some bad news to report. Weve heard that the extended benefits bill has not moved at all today. In fact, we are hearing that its unlikely that any vote will happen this week. The issue still has to do with the amendments attached to the bill. We wish we had better news to report. If anything changes we will relay it to all of you immediately. about a minute ago

Have we bombarded this nobody until his staff hangs up on us yet?

Johnny Isakson, Ga. Repub and real estate lobbyist turned senator. This piece of work has attached all sorts of amendments that have nothing to do with nothing house tax credits for a program that had 100,000 bogus claims and is a real estate scam immigration and six other garbage amendments to delay the unemployment benefit vote. (202) 224-3643.


6 meeee

March 4 Jobs IN DC.


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Arizona | California | Connecticut | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Maine
Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | New Jersey | New York
North Carolina | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Dakota
Tennessee | Texas | Virginia | Washington, DC | Washington State | Canada

7 usunemployed.blogspot.com

http://usunemployed.blogspot.com is now recognized on Google News Reader and is posting up-to-the-minute information regarding the latest extension!

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this Wednesday on the second omnibus bill which will include HR 4183. The measure will be paid with unused TARP funds in an effort to gain bipartisan support for easy passage this week. This is considered “must pass” legislation because most know it will also include 2010 Defense Spending and funding for other domestic programs.

This action will extend unemployment benefits which Congress has already approved past the 12/26, 12/31 expiration dates into 2010.

The official statement from Steny Hoyer is at http://usunemployed.blogspot.com

8 WBA in SB

Need some direction please. We have recently relocated to CA from Nashville. When I tried to apply for extended benefits on the internet site this morning the system would not accept a CA address without the county box being completed. Tried calling the toll free line and got the “high call volume” message.

Is there a way for out of state residents to apply for Tier 3 on line?

Is there a good phone number to call for directions for out of state

Thanks for the help

9 kurt

i am in texas and my benefits run out in march.does that mean i have to wait till july to get more ui????????

10 Jeff

Some interesting facts some might find interesting and useful in link provided

11 kurt

now am really confused,am i done because i still have a little amount left and wont zero out till mid march?what is next?any hope at all??????????????

12 kurt

someone please let me know

13 kurt

hello is any one out there?has this site shut down?

14 Mark in FL

EVERYONE Go to http://tinyurl.com/y9dwtzt VOTE on how long unemployment benefits should be extended. This is on MSNBCs website which is good that we are getting the attention but so far theres 7000 voters and so far Indefinitely is leading by a few % pts so lets show MSNBC theres THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of us.

15 Pauline
16 Mark in FL

Hi AllHeres a link posted on the main page of 4 pillars. Its a petition for getting a tier V.everybody needs to jump on board & sign! It can only help our cause for more weeks


17 Mark in FL

Phone Campaign to Begin on Monday 3/15 PLEASE JOIN US!!!

Senator Harry Reid: Phone= (202) 224-3542
Senator Jean Shaheen: Phone= (202) 224-2841

Senator Richard Durbin: Phone= (202) 224-2152
Senator Max Baucus: Phone= (202) 224-2651

Senator Debbie Stabenow: Phone= (202) 224-4822
Senator Sherrod Brown: Phone= (202) 224-2315

Senator Robert Casey: Phone= (202) 224-6324
Senator Chris Dodd: Phone= (202) 224-2823

Senator Al Franken: Phone= (202) 224-5641
Senator Arlen Specter: Phone= (202) 224-4254

18 Mark in FL

Pulled this off another siteit has ALL the contact info for all of congress

I sent an email to all 100 senators now Im going to start on emailing all the house reps



Site just for the long term extensions please share any info from here and can get info from there as well.We need to all be on the same page and link our resources and fight together.

20 CatD

Tier 5 to Survive :THE MOVIE made it to at least 2 websites. There is a stationary link to the YouTube video on the Unemployed – Friends website and also the following web page:

In 24 hours it has over 800 views but that will not get us the media attention or Washington action we desperately need! HELP IT GO VIRAL – PLEASE!
Shotgun to all your contacts. Use it in all your emails/fax to Washington and the media and TWEET it to EVERYONE. We will be heard. This is our battle cry!!!!!


House in Session today let’s make them calls to amend, hr

4213 for tier V.And send them faxes all weekend.

So 877-762-8762 is the toll-free number at the Capitol Hill

Switchboard, 202-224-3121

The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits
The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The

U.S. House, see more…The President of the United States,

The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House, Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ), Sen.

Dick Durbin (IL), Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY), Sen. Harry

Reid (NV), Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), Rep. Nancy Pelosi

(CA-08), Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-05) and Rep. Jim

McDermott (WA-07)

Senators and Representatives:

23 Gary Cook

I need the phone number that they send you here in Texas when they notify you that you are elligible for the new extention of benefits. can anybody give me that number please?

24 no-bull

The Today Show is having an Ask Obama a Question , for his Tuesday interview, lets flood them with tier 5 questions.

25 olli1965

Good Morning,

I normally post on the Tennessee forum but have the same problems as other long term unemployed in the nation. Exhaustion of Tier 4 benefits. I really believe it is important to get our message out to the media in an effort for us to receive assistance during this period. Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, is going to have a segment tonight regarding unemployment. More importantly she has a blog from which input to the segment is retrieved. We really need our issue to come to light. You may or may not like MSNBC… that is your choice. However our problem extends beyond party or ideological barriers. We need to take care of our families.


26 Mark in FL

Good Morning All…..Happy Easter!

If you haven’t signed the petition, please do so….it’s up to 4917!


27 kurt

is there a tier 4 in texas,i was told no and my benefits run out in june and i will not get any more help

28 Mark in FL

Good Morning All! The petition is scheduled to be delivered to Congress next Tues, May 18. Per Issa’s request, I’m helping spread the word. World News Vine has offered their assistance in delivering the petition & covering the story. Sen. Reid’s office told Issa that he was looking at adding weeks to tier 4. We need this amendment to be added to HR 4213. This may be our only chance at more weeks. If you can donate $1 or $2 to help fund the printing of the petition, etc, please do so. See Issa’s letter below:

Great news!
WorldNewsVine has come to our rescue! But we have to help. I was encountering a lot of unexpected obstacles trying to organize getting the petition to Congress, and I began to think it wasn’t going to come together. People in Washington were saying they’d ‘get back to me,’ but even if they did, we just didn’t have time for that. Next week is when the ‘unemployment extension of filing deadlines’ is expected to be raised in Congress, and we hope to get weeks added to Tier 4 at that time. Then Congress leaves again the next week. There’s little hope of getting another bill other than that one because they are discussing such big issues before they leave.

WorldNewsVine has offered to run a short campaign to raise some money to send a person on our behalf. This person is known to them, has press credentials and is familiar with the Senate. He will bring the printed petition with 900 pages of signatures. The Senate requires 6 copies which is one of the obstacles I encountered.

Our emissary knows the ins and outs of the Senate and can arrange appointments with key senators. In addition, because he already has clearance, he can enter the Capital and question staffers in other offices, too. In addition to delivering the petition copies, he intends to ask questions on our behalf both in the Capital and in the ‘haunts’ he knows where staffers go after hours. Like I said, he’s familiar with the scene! He has a vested interest in this just like we do as he has also joined the ranks of the unemployed. What he finds out will be written in the WorldNewsVine, and all together, we’ll get a lot of publicity from this!

Now our part. We have to finance his trip. Many of our signers are already familiar with this online news source as they have been the single largest source of signers for us. They have written many articles about the petition and our numbers have taken a big jump every time they have done so. You’ll notice that I’ve given links to many of their articles in the letters I’ve sent out.

Obviously, they know we don’t have much money so they’re only asking for $1, $2, or $5 donations to cover the printing and travel expenses. The drive for him will be about 600 miles each way. He’s not being paid anything for this. I spent a long time on the phone with him today, and I’m more than impressed with his knowledge and commitment, but we couldn’t expect him to fund this himself.

Below is the site that has today’s article and the donate button. The button will be removed as soon as the goal is reached so if it’s still up there please give something. They have set a goal of Monday night, but sometimes you don’t get this letter until Tuesday. So, if the button is still up, they need more donations! If he doesn’t use the whole amount for his expenses, the rest will be donated to the Humane Society which is a special charity of WNV. I believe that for now, this is the best shot we have at getting additional benefits. Together, with our small donations, we’ll raise the amount needed!


29 norma baudler

how soon will iowa start sending out notices if congress passes the unemployment extension on july 20?

30 David

Monday, July 19, 2010
The following sources claim we are at 8.5% in Texas now which should qualify Texas for Tier 4 unemployment benefits if they pass the extension bill tomorrow.

“The Texas and national unemployment rate stands at 8.5 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively.” http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/07/12/daily44.html

“The statewide jobless rates, which is seasonally adjusted, is 8.5 percent, the commission reported.”

“An increasing amount of Americans want to move to Texas, according to a recent survey by a homeowner relocation Web site. Attracted by stable real estate prices and a relatively low unemployment rate of 8.5 percent..”


American 99ers Union making a final last stand: EMERGENCY ACTION REQUESTED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN 99ERS UNION! – Fax or email: http://www.american99ersunion.com/
The American 99ers Union – A Coalition Of 99er Advocate Groups


We need to have a mass target of CALLS to the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell he must feel the pain and suffering of the 99ers by requesting that an e…xtension of a TIER 5 be added to the tax bill. just 3 hours 99ers ONLY HIM… ONLY HIM for… 3 hours. Office # 202-224-2541 Fax # 202-224-2499 Senate operator # 202-224-3121 The Senate has no 1-800 number….Thank u alll and God Bless u and your family

33 Marcus Jones

Hello, I just exhausted my unemployment benefits first, second and third tiers. I
called the Texas Workforce Commission and asked if I would be eligible to recieve
the fourth tier (EB) Extended Benefits up to 20 weeks and the customer service rep
told me that the Texas Unemployment Rate has to be at 8.5% since currently stands
at 8.3% in Texas they would not be able to grant me another extension at this time.
She did say to continue filing every two weeks which I am doing in addition to faxing
the 6 job searches every 2 weeks. I’ve been unemployed since late May 2009. Am I
going to be eligible to receive another extension and if so when? Also, when does our
state calculate the Texas Unemployment Rate is it every quarter of the year every 4
months? Can somebody please help me out thank you all and god bless you.

34 Marcus Jones

Hey, I just exhausted my unemployment benefits first, second and third tiers. I
called the Texas Workforce Commission and asked if I would be eligible to recieve
the fourth tier (EB) Extended Benefits up to 20 weeks and the customer service rep
told me that the Texas Unemployment Rate has to be at 8.5% since currently stands
at 8.3% in Texas they would not be able to grant me another extension at this time.
She did say to continue filing every two weeks which I am doing in addition to faxing
the 6 job searches every 2 weeks. I’ve been unemployed since late May 2009. Am I
going to be eligible to receive another extension and if so when? Also, when does our
state calculate the Texas Unemployment Rate is it every quarter of the year every 4
months? Can somebody please help me out thank you all and god bless you.


MEETING FOR 99ERS and HR589…..Barbara Lee’s statement after the meeting: “We had a productive meeting with the Speaker and the Majority Leader to discuss this critical issue of providing aid for long-term unemployed workers. Speaker Boehner encouraged us to work with the House Ways and Means Committee to move this bill forward, and while we will certainly do so, we maintain that these long term unemployed workers deserve a floor vote NOWWWWWWWW

36 mike

How do I file for an extension if I never received the paper to do so???

37 CatD

We petition the obama administration to:
Extend unemployment benefits past 99 weeks for ALL long-term unemployed Americans – for the 99ers and ANY “exhaustee”.

I know, I know – again with the petitions – but one more could not hurt. 🙂

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